Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hollande to Obama: start explaining

The French president's office calls it "unacceptable" that French leaders and their staffs were monitored for at least six years.

PARIS — French President Francois Hollande reacted angrily to revelations Wednesday that the U.S. spied on him and his predecessors, issuing a demand to President Barack Obama that Washington never again spy on France.

Obama assured Hollande in a 15-minute phone call that the U.S. was holding to its 2013 vow to stop spying on the leaders of allied nations, according to a statement from French president’s  office...

...The diplomatic row stems from revelations that the U.S. allegedly spied on presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Hollande as well as senior diplomatic and economic staff between 2006 and 2012, according to news organizations Mediapart and Liberation, which cited leaked documents from the U.S. National Security Agency obtained by Wikileaks.


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